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Martinsburg sweeps Clear Spring

April 23, 2001

Martinsburg sweeps Clear Spring



By DAN KAUFFMAN

dankauff@herald-mail.com

Game 1


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Haupt, Keyton (4) and Line. Bartley and Twigg. WP - Bartley. LP - Haupt. HR - CS: Line (1st, two on); M: Twigg (4th, one on), Walther (4th, none on), Ware (5th, two on).

Game 2


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Mills, Constable (2), Grove (4) and Line. Walther, Yurish (4) and Twigg. WP - Walther. LP - Mills. HR - M: Walther 2 (1st, one on; 4th, none on), Twigg (2nd, one on), Keyser (4th, none on).



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - This wasn't what anyone expected.

Not Martinsburg coach Dennis Etherington, who was well aware of Clear Spring's 9-3 record coming into Monday's doubleheader, including an 18-0 dismantling of Musselman five days before.

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Not Blazers coach Jim Hutson, who liked what he saw early in the first game as Clear Spring took a 4-0 lead through three-and-a-half innings.

But the No. 6 Bulldogs' bats came alive, scoring 28 runs in four innings and sweeping No. 8 Clear Spring out of Oatesdale Park with five-inning wins of 16-5 and 14-1.

"I know Clear Spring has beaten some quality teams," Etherington said. "I just ... I don't know what to say. These kids, when they want to play and they get the adrenalin going, they're tough to beat."

"It was one of those nights," Hutson said. "We started off well and then we lost a little of our focus."

Regis Line's three-run homer in the first inning gave the Blazers (9-5) a 3-0 lead, and Gerad Haupt doubled in the fourth and later scored on a throwing error for a 4-0 advantage.

But the Bulldogs (13-4) unleashed the hounds in the bottom of the fourth, sending 13 batters to the plate. All nine starters scored in the inning, capped by Brett Twigg's two-run homer and Justin Walther's solo shot.

Martinsburg added seven more in the fifth, ending when Mike Ware's three-run homer finished the game by the 10-run rule.

The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the first inning of the second game and tacked on five more in the second to finish off Clear Spring. Walther hit two more homers, while Twigg and Jessie Keyser also homered.

Martinsburg's hitters took advantage of the cozy field dimensions - 310 feet down the lines, 330 to the alleys and 350 to centerfield.

"I don't particularly like to play here because of the short fence," Etherington said. "But the kids like to play here."

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